The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have made their first joint public appearance since the death of Prince Philip, reading cards left on floral tributes for the duke at Buckingham Palace and other royal residences.

Charles and Camilla visited Marlborough House in central London – home of the Commonwealth – where flowers left at the palace are taken each evening.

EMBARGOED TO 1100 THURSDAY APRIL 15 The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visit the gardens of Marlborough House, London, to view the flowers and messages left by members of the public outside Buckingham Palace following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh on April 10. Picture date: Thursday April 15, 2021.
It is the couple’s first joint appearance since the Duke of Edinburgh passed away
Some of the tributes left outside Buckingham Palace
Some of the tributes left outside Buckingham Palace

The couple were pictured stopping to look at some of the bouquets, many of which carried emotional comments.

Items left include a model of a Land Rover similar to the one that will bear the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin on Saturday, with “The Duke R.I.P” on the roof.

A model Land Rover left as a tribute to Prince Philip
EMBARGOED TO 1100 THURSDAY APRIL 15 The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visit the gardens of Marlborough House, London, to view the flowers and messages left by members of the public outside Buckingham Palace following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh on April 10. Picture date: Thursday April 15, 2021.
The couple visited the gardens of Marlborough House

Next to it, a card from “Marian & Marum” read: “Your memory will never fade. Rest in Peace.”

Another said: “Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow. You are in our prayers.”

A further one added: “HRH A True Gentleman. Thank you for your devoted service to our country. We shall miss you.”

EMBARGOED TO 1100 THURSDAY APRIL 15 The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visit the gardens of Marlborough House, London, to view the flowers and messages left by members of the public outside Buckingham Palace following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh on April 10. Picture date: Thursday April 15, 2021
Prince Charles has paid tribute to his ‘dear Papa’

Some of the notes have been written directly to the Queen. One said: “Sending our love and condolences on the loss of your beloved Prince Philip, yours always, love Layla, Lis and Neil xxxx.”

Another quoted Her Majesty’s well-known comment about her husband, saying: “We are so sorry for your profound loss. Your Majesty’s ‘strength and stay’ will endure in our hearts always.”

The tributes have been taken a short distance to Marlborough House
Many people have wanted to send their condolences

Speaking at the weekend, Prince Charles paid tribute to his “dear Papa”, who he said was a “very special person”.

The Earl of Wessex, meanwhile, has thanked those involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for sharing their memories of his father and experiences of the scheme.

“He may have departed this world, but his spirit and ethos lives on through his award, through each and every life touched, transformed, inspired – then, now and in the future,” Edward said.

Marlborough House, just off The Mall, is a fitting place for the flowers to be taken, given that Philip undertook more than 220 solo visits to Commonwealth countries between 1949 and 2016, and many more alongside the Queen.

Earlier, it emerged that the Royal Family members will break with tradition and not wear military uniform at the duke’s funeral this weekend.

Prince Harry faced being one of the only close relatives not in uniform – despite serving with the Army in Afghanistan – because he lost his honorary titles when he quit royal duties.

It is understood the Queen approved the move, which means Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Andrew will wear suits to Saturday’s ceremony.